India is a digital army but The army ain't digital ?

Off late, Indian authorities have been very strict regarding our federal data stream. Banning certain apps, that were beneath suspicion of Chinese army participation, to apps generally that leak out our data to third party companies. The government stated that the 59 apps which were banned”are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of the state and public order”.

 

The order had said,”Over the last few decades, India has emerged as a major innovator in regards to technological progress and a main market in the digital space. It has been noted that such issues also pose a threat to sovereignty and safety of our nation. The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of several mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms such as stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ information in an unauthorized way to servers that have places outside India. The set of the records, its mining and mining by elements hostile to domestic security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern that necessitates emergency measures.”

 

The Indian military shot it a step further.

 

The Indian Army wants its personnel to delete 89 apps, which range from Tiktok, Facebook, Truecaller, along with Instagram, to games such as PUBG Mobile, along with dating apps like Tinder, as well as news programs like Daily Hunt and all private blogs, according to reports. According to the accounts, the army needs employees to delete these apps to plug the utilization of data. The addition of classes like dating apps indicates that the military isn’t only worried about cyber snooping, but also real world snooping. There is a large overlap with the list of 59 Chinese apps prohibited by the authorities, but this list is much larger, and is not limited to only apps from China.

An officer was quoted saying, “The directive has been issued because there has been an exponential increase in the number of military personnel being targeted online by the intelligence agencies of Pakistan and China”. There have been several instances over the previous two-three years in which Pakistani representatives posing as girls have “nearly” lured Indian military employees into divulging classified data. A team captain in 2018, posted in the IAF Headquarters, falling victim to this. Indian Armed Forces has additionally court-marshalled numerous officers, because of the publishing of sensitive data such as place of battleships, warships, or even their patrolling places on Social Media This directive of the Army was followed closely following the current directive of the Indian Navy, banning using Facebook for everybody it is personnels, while also requesting them to not carry their cell phones to the foundations and dockyards in addition to onboard warships, in December this past year.

Author : The Internet Ninja

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